Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Red Line Alternatives in the Wake of Gov. Hogan's Cancellation

On June 25, Governor Hogan announced his cancellation of the Baltimore Red Line, and instead gave the green light to the Purple Line in Washington's suburbs. Obviously, this news is detrimental to Baltimore's future, and devastating to all of Baltimore's citizens, politicians, urban planners, and transit enthusiasts. At a time when Maryland continues to grow, gas prices continue to rise, and our transportation infrastructure weakens, the need for new transit is extremely necessary. It appears that Baltimore continues to be neglected by Governor Hogan, as well as the rest of Maryland. We can't keep devoting all of our money to the already wealthy Washington area. So, while we are under the gloom of this regressive attitude projected by the Hogan Administration, we might as well explore some alternatives. Below, I have created a map that includes a proposed outline for a Red Line BRT (Bus Rapid Transit) System. The system includes two lines: Red Line East and Red Line West. The line basically follows the old path for the proposed Red Line, but instead includes a Downtown Loop that could be used to circulate individuals to different modes of transit. The alternative plan also includes an extension for the existing Metro Subway (Green Line). This extension would go from Johns Hopkins Hospital to White Marsh.
Red Line Busway

Red Line East (CMS to Harlem Park)
Security Square Mall
I-70 Park and Ride
Edmondson Village
West Baltimore
Harlem Park

Red Line Downtown Loop (East to West) 
Poppleton (MLK/Baltimore)
UMB Campus (Pratt/Greene)
Convention Center (Pratt/Howard)
Inner Harbor (Pratt/Calvert)
Aquarium (Pratt/Gay)
Shot Tower/Market Place (President/Baltimore)
City Hall (Saratoga/Holiday)
Midtown (Saratoga/Charles)
Lexington Market (Saratoga/Eutaw)
Seton Hill (Saratoga/Greene)

Red Line West (Harbor East to Essex)
Harbor East (Fleet-Eastern/Central)
Fells Point (Fleet-Eastern/Broadway)
Canton (Eastern/Patterson Park)
Patterson Park (Eastern/Linwood)
Highlandtown (Eastern/Conkling)
Bayview (Eastern/Bayview)
Kane Street (Eastern/Kane)
Eastpoint Mall (Eastern/Rolling Mill)
Essex (Eastern/Beltway)

Baltimore Metro Extension

Green Line (Johns Hopkins Hospital to White Marsh)
East Baltimore
Franklin Square / CCBC
White Marsh

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